MMRCL defers metro rail’s first phase completion date

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 09:32:35


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Earlier, MMRCL had set the deadline of December 2018, now, its March 2019

Majhi Metro achieve speed of 90 kmph during test run conducted by a team of RDSO on Sunday

Contrary to its earlier public claim to complete first phase of Nagpur Metro by December-2018, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has set a new target of commissioning of Khapri to Munje Square; Sitabuldi and Hingna to Sitabuldi Metro rail in March - 2019.

Earlier, the deadline was December - 2018 but due to delay in construction of Stations, Maha Metro has extended the target to complete the work of Reach I and III in March. Making a clean departure from earlier announcements made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about the deadline of December 2018 to complete Metro’s first phase, the Maha Metro top brass sheepishly denied that they had ever made such a claim of running Maha Metro by December 2018.

Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha Metro informed mediapersons that they have decided to complete six stations in first phase from Khapri to Sitabuldi while three stations between Hingna to Sitabuldi. This will be followed by four stations in Reach I and six stations in Reach III. Nagpur Metro Rail is the fastest metro rail in the country, he claimed. The work of Reach -II and Reach-IV will be completed by December 2019.

Dr. Dixit along with presspersons experienced test conducted by Research Designs and Standards Organisations (RDSO) team to achieve the speed of 90 kmph on Sunday. The test was successful as Metro Rail ran between 60 kmph to 90 kmph between South Airport Station to Khapri depot. The RDSO team headed by S S Parwan, Deputy Director, Testing, S K Marmu, SSRE/M, M K Meena, SSRE/M, Ajeet Khare, SSRE/M, Sanjeev Ranjan, SSRE/I, Prateek Mishra, JE(R)/M, Praveen Kumar, JE(R)/M and 6 other Technical Members conducting oscillation trials at the speed of 50, 65, 80 and 90 kmph between these two junctions.

The team has put 46 sensors at various parts of the train to record the exact data of the trials being conducted. J K Garg, senior officer informed scribes that the Maha Metro had loaded 2,500 sacks of sands to get the correct report. The total weight of the sand sacks was 63 tonnes. The trial run of the Metro rail was smooth at highest speed of 90 kmph. The running time between South Airport to Khapri Depot was 4 minutes for 5.2 kms. The travel time between Sitabuldi to Khapri station will be around 18 minutes, he added.

Dr. Brijesh Dixit said, Maha Metro is adopting highest level of safety measures for the metro rail. The train will be run at Auto Mode and there will no chance of overspeed. There will be no possibility of stray animal to come on the railway track as tracks are protected by barricades at At-Grade route.

Dr. Dixit informed that Maha Metro would install CCTVs all over the route to keep vigil on the railway track. The Over Head Equipment (OHE) will not be disturbed during heavy rains and storms in June and July. “We will also install lights to undertake maintenance work during night hours,” he added.

Coaches from China reaching in December
Sunil Mathur, Director informed mediapersons that the six coaches would arrive from China in December. CRRC is manufacturing coaches in China for Nagpur Metro. RDSO team will take oscilliation trial of two rakes of three coaches each in January. CRRC Dalian will supply total 69 coaches for Nagpur Metro. Present coaches are borrowed from Hyderabad. The CRRC will also maintain project for next 10 years.

Devaluation of rupees beneficial for Metro
Dr Brijesh Dixit claimed that the devaluation of rupees would be beneficial for Nagpur Metro. Presently, AfD is providing soft loan to the Maha Metro. The price of a dollar is around Rs 72 and Metro is getting more rupees against each dollar. The moratorium period is of five years and Maha Metro will repay the loan rate of that year. He said, the Metro has spent Rs 4,500 crore and it has received Rs 1,800 crore from foreign funding agency. The non-fare revenue of Metro is around Rs 108 crore, he added.

Twin towers at Zero Miles
MMRCL will construct twin towers of 20 floors each at Zero Miles square. The proposal is at primary stage and final decision will be taken by the board, said Dr. Dixit. The towers within the vicinity of central business district is likely to be big revenue earner for Maha Metro. These buildings will house administrative departments, financial institutions.

‘Shops to be relocated before demolition of flyover’
Maha Metro, entrusted with the task to demolish the flyover in front of the main railway station to pave way for the new six-lane road, will relocate the shops before starting the demolition. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to demolish the flyover as it is creating chaos and causing hindrance in smooth flow of traffic. Maha Metro will relocate the shops under the flyover before start of construction of the new road, assured Dr Dixit and added that Maha Metro will give justice to all the shop-keepers.
Mahesh Kumar, Director said, “We are constructing unique double-decker flyover to connect Manish Nagar area. The spine work of the flyover is complete while wings work will start very soon as it is very crucial.